by Jann Wiswall
Think Ellicottville is only fun in winter? Hah! Check out the dozens of activities and events that will keep everyone happy and active throughout the month of June in and around the entire region.
May 31-June 2
This is the busiest weekend of the month with tons of daylong and weekend-long activities to suit every interest.
The entire family can make a whole weekend out of the Cattaraugus County 4-H Bonanza Horse Show at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley (visit Cattaraugus County 4-H on Facebook). Or, take a group to the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage at Allegany State Park (www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com), where numerous hikes, walks and nature tours are scheduled.
There’s also the 14th Annual Gowanda Hollywood Happening: A Motorcycle Event, sponsored by Gowanda Harley-Davidson. This three-day event features live bands, contests, vendors and more. Visit www.gowandaholly-woodhappening.com for details. And, this is the weekend for the Springville Dairy/Ag Fest, a family-oriented festival whose theme this year is “Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.” Activities include fireworks, a parade, an arts and crafts show, farm equipment plus toy show, kids’ farm activities and a petting zoo, live music, great food and so much more. Visit www.wnydairyagfest.com.
If you can’t devote the entire weekend, you should definitely consider making Saturday your “fun” day. A slew of activities are going on all over the area.
In Ellicottville, the big event is the Relay for Life that runs from noon to midnight at Ellicottville Central School and raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Even if you’re not on one of the official Relay teams, community support is critical to the event’s success. Opening ceremony is at noon, followed by the survivors’ lap at 12:20 p.m. A live auction is at 3 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.relayforlife.org.
Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto is hosting the Finn McCool 4-Mile Odyssey beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants will challenge themselves on a 4-mile course loaded with challenging obstacles, difficult terrain and a mud pit at the finish. When you’re done racing, you can hike amid the sculptures at the park. Visit www.griffispark.org.
If you’d rather watch a competition, check out the Creekside Roundup’s Horse Pull in Franklinville from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Horse pulling involves a team of equine athletes who pull heavy loads short distances. Horses from all over New York are competing. Visit www.creekside-roundup.com.
Also on Saturday, Cattaraugus County is hosting the Sneak Peak Open House 2013 along New York’s Amish Trail from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Participating businesses in Leon, East Otto, South Dayton, Cattaraugus, Gowanda, Randolph and Little Valley invite you to stop in their shops, learn about the Amish culture and purchase your favorites from a wide variety of homemade crafts, quilts, wood, tin and metal work and baked goods. Visit www.cattco.com.
Then at 7 p.m., the Springville Center for the Arts is presenting “Four Seasons – Civil War Songs.” This new and exclusive production features 11 singers and musicians performing a selection of extant songs in America from 1850–1865. Tickets $20. Visit www.springvillearts.org.
On the second weekend of the month, why not plan to camp out for the three-day Lou Eibl Club 2013 Spring Trail Ride at Allegany State Park’s Camp 12. The event offers three trail rides, big breakfasts, lots of socializing and dancing to live music from Hank Elling (Friday) and The Marshall Dillon Band (Saturday). Visit Lou Eibl Corral on Facebook.
Saturday the 8th is Local Museums FREE Day! Yup, the Cattaraugus County Museum and 22 other not-for-profit societies and museums will suspend their entry fees from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Information about each museum, as well as printable maps, are available online at www.cattco.org.
Later that day, head over to Little Valley for the Super Spring Special at Little Valley Speedway, featuring ULMS Late Models, a BRP CanAm Series Tour, E Mods, Street Stocks and Crate Late Mods races. Gates open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.LittleValleySpeedway.com.
Also on Saturday, Seneca Allegany Casino will present Grammy Award-winner B.B. King. King, whose enduring jazz and rhythm and blues style spans five decades, is also a winner of the Presidential Medal of the Arts and is a Kennedy Center honoree. Tickets start at $40. Visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
On Sunday, get your gear together for the Dirty Duathlon Trail Run and Bike Race at Holiday Valley. For more information, visit www.HeartRateUp.com.
This is Father’s Day weekend so it’s all about Dad. How about taking him to Holiday Valley on Saturday for the second annual Mudslide Obstacle Race? This off-road run takes place on the ski trails where participants navigate eight obstacles along the very muddy 3.5-mile or 5.4-mile courses. People of all ages and varying fitness levels are encouraged to join in. Visit www.holidayvalley.com.
Or, maybe he’d enjoy a weekend full of activity at the Cattaraugus County 4-H Schooling Show 2013, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley. Proceeds from 4-H sponsored Horse Shows directly support the Cattaraugus County Horse Program. For info, visit 4-H Cattaraugus County Open Shows and Cattaraugus County 4-H on Facebook.
There’s also the annual Father’s Day Trail Ride at Pine Hill on Saturday. Sponsored by the Cattaraugus/Chautauqua Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, the event includes a Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast and a 4-5 hour trail ride at Pine Hill State Land, just south of Randolph. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and the trail ride starts at 10 a.m. Bring a packed lunch. Call 716-354-2765.
If your Father’s Day celebration means leaving Dad to his own devices on Saturday, Moms might enjoy the 2013 GHD Women’s Fun Run, a motorcycle event just for women riders. Riders depart from Gowanda Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m. For info, visit www.gowandaharley.com.
On Father’s Day Sunday, be sure to send Dad over to Holiday Valley for “It’s all about Golf” from noon to 3 p.m. There’s a whole array of free golf activities during Play Golf America Day. Visit www.holidayvalley.com.
And, be sure to head from there to Holiday Valley’s 3-Pool Complex for some relaxation, poolside beverages and yummy treats. FYI, starting Monday June 17, the pools are open for summer hours every weekday from noon to 7 p.m. Monday –Thursday. On weekends, hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
This is a quieter weekend in the area, which may be just what you need after all the early June activity. But, leave it to the Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca to offer some great entertainment. The venue will present stand-up comedian and actor Paul Reiser in a comedy performance from 7-9 p.m. Tickets Start at $20. Visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
For cycling enthusiasts of all abilities, Allegany State Park is hosting the annual Raccoon Rally Cycling Festival the last weekend of the month, featuring a fun, friendly and ultra challenging array of events including the annual Road Race, Trials Competition, Blockbuster Cross Country and Kids Race. Visit www.heartrateup.com.
Also this weekend, horse lovers will enjoy the 2013 Cattaraugus County Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Little Valley. Visit http://CattcoHorseShowSeries.com.
On Saturday, don’t forget to head to the Great Valley Fire Hall for “Remembering August,” a fundraiser to benefit the children of August Lindell. The event includes great food, a cash bar, door prizes, a raffle/silent auction and live dance music from We Speak Canadian. The fundraiser will run from 2-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Advance tickets available at Day’s Auto 716-699-5802.